[CR]Big Time Quandary

Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2004

From: "Doug Smith" <doug@kingsweir.plus.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 21:33:05 +0100
Subject: [CR]Big Time Quandary

I to am a great believer in restoring and riding our classic collections its the only way they can seen and enjoyed not only by the owners but interested public at large. I visit a National Trust property open to the public, every week whilst out riding my bikes. On many occasions during these stops there is so much interest taken by many of the vistors not only admiring my machines but full of questions as well with the most asked is "how old is it".So its proof to me they should be ridden and enjoyed and not left at home as an ornament.

As regards my vintage cycle equipment , I must confess many of mine have never been mounted on any of my bikes. Yes, they are kept in my workshop and preserved from been seen other than the chosen few. Why I do this , I like to browse over them and gives me great pleasure knowing these accessories are part of my life and the interest I still enjoy. My collection of parts only contains the British manufacturers products such as Williams , Chater Lea , Bramptons, Baylis Whiley, GB and list goes on. One day they will be passed on to some enthusiast without gain or profit to do as they wish.

Yes folks be proud of your bikes and let them see the light of day! Safe riding.

Doug Smith
North Dorset